Get the 52, many here have one, if they were going for $800 only three or four would have one. Mine is Super-flex (slightly vague in terminology as is Wet Noodle, in there is a fair amount of variance of flex in nibs that can spread their tines 4-5-6 or 7 X a light down stroke... Some are Weak Kneed Wet Noodles.).. My nib goes when using a very, very light hand from XXF to BBB, with heavier hand.
My hand is sort of heavy, normally I am writing it with an F.
The first thing one has to get over ..... is the NOS.
Sure if one has a big collection of something....and a big wallet I could see buying a NOS to hang on the wall.
If you are going to use it, it will not be NOS... I've had the good fortune of getting a few NOS pens that I used ASAP.
Would I have bought the pens, 'used', sure.
A couple of times I did not realize the pens were NOS, until I got them. Am I to let them rot in the corner?
Cheap NOS is what I got...off the wall brands, still good pens that I have fun with.
Why pay extra, and often a lot more for NOS? When one can get a real nice almost 'new' pen for lots less.
Of course, that's my opinion and I'm known to be cheap....except for Single Malts.
Everyone says poor Mozart dead at only 36. None say poor Mendelson, dead at only 38. His family only allowed him to start at 20, but before, musicians use to come to the Mendelson garden to steal the music of Mendelson and his sister. A good artist also, can still buy prints of his famous Scottish drawings in Scotland.
www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany Info on Bock nibs
The cheapest lessons are from those who learned expensive lessons. Ignorance is best for learning expensive lessons.
Pens/inks/paper on hold for a year....new addiction pocket watch chains.